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The 3-Day Effect

Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild for a minimum of three days can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, backpacking in Colorado wilderness or strolling through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that immersions in nature can reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and boost overall well-being.  

Join science journalist Florence Williams in an immersive audio exploration of the mind and outdoors in six chapters following former Iraqi war veterans, sex trafficking survivors, and even a bookish nature hater journeying to the wild. Meet the innovative field researchers working to strengthen the science for a nature cure through real-time physiological, psychological and cognitive measures over three days outside. 

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"Williams and her team achieve a smart balance between the scientific and the personal, the result being an illuminating and engaging series that illustrates nature's capacity to sooth the soul." (Financial Times)

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  • Chris F
  • 30-10-2018

We need more of this

Really engaging series working with different groups / individuals who've all had trauma of some kind (PTSD/sex trafficking/depression) and measuring the impact that nature has on their mental wellbeing. Very accessible research with a simple yet profound message that we should all be following.

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  • William
  • 06-01-2019

Gave up before end. Case studies too predictable

Addresses the simple truth that we need contact with nature to live happy and balanced lives. Annoying background music to add to pathos. Doesn't reinforce anything but fills in for absence of substance.

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  • Geoffb
  • 15-10-2018

I loved this

I really enjoyed this series and listened to them all in quick succession. Florence Williams takes us on a fascinating journey hearing how nature can positively impact upon people who need to rebalance or heal.

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  • Gemma
  • 16-11-2018

Very interesting

An interesting listen, many ideas and theories about the benefits of being in the great outdoors with scientific evidence and research to back up the claims. An easy listen and great ideas that I can apply to me own life. Glad I listen. Thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2019

Great perspective!

Really eye opening and positive podcast. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has mental health issues or is unsure of themselves

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  • dale bridge
  • 05-11-2018

Awesome

Fascinating about the effects of being in nature on the body, especially especially on the heartbeat. Excited to try this for myself. Hope Florence makes more episodes!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2019

Struggled to finish. Wasn't what I was expecting

Struggled to finish as it wasn't what I expected. I thought this would be a spiritual awakening experience but sadly not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-2018

wow

So so interesting! Really important research with potentially huge impact for trauma informed working. If you're interested in this kind of thing you won't be disappointed!

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  • Mr. J J
  • 03-04-2019

Inspired my morning commute by 30min walk.

This audio tape helped me to come out of my comfort zone to make my work commute an enjoyable one next to the riverside. A 30 min morning and eve walk helped me to refresh my brain. It helped our relationship, after an argument if we can't get to a conclusion we do for a walk. When we come back we are both different people, not angry or upset. The issue just dissolves by itself. This should be applied in schools as a mandatory subject, to be out in nature 1 hr every week at least.

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  • John PW
  • 04-02-2019

Evidence for nature's benefits

I got a lot out of this. I am now looking forward to getting into nature this spring so I can get some awe in my life! Worth a listen. Engaging.

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